MikeT

BRABUS Canada1 smart 450 cdi Registry

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Here are some photos courtesy of smart Club France, taken in Bottrop Germany in late 2006, of the fourth BRABUS Canada 1 being converted. Well the shell is not visible but the red painted bits and some others are. These are definitely from that car, because it is the only Canada 1 coupé and of course the Canadian panel changes are visible in the photo, as are the removed (for painting) glass pane from the roof and windshield. The rear light shrouds with round light holes (as opposed to the oval ones the European models had) plus the rear side marker pods are also there if you look for them....

16719339811_0f79999f8c_o.jpgCanada 1 parts BRABUS 2 by p404c, on Flickr

16533190090_5397677535_o.jpgCanada 1 parts BRABUS 3 by p404c, on Flickr

16513345847_cce22c5bd0_o.jpgCanada 1 parts BRABUS by p404c, on Flickr

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Update on car # 1.....

I've moved from London th St.Thomas, Ontario (only about 25km).

Car now has around 24,000km on the clock, and was pressed into yeoman service during my move.

Everything works fine on the car and the air blows very cold.  It did get a little dirty over 2 weeks during my move.

It wascleaned up for the parade, and is currently nestled comfortably under it's cover with a battery tender I/V.

My one car garage is 3 feet longer than two Smart 450's, almost like it was made for me.

Also just purchased a very nice Grandstyle #61 from a local club member, to round out my Smart family at three.

What am I doing??  Is there a cure for Smartritis??  Is it dumb to have lots of Smarts??

Having the Grandstyle detailed next week, then using the '05 Passion for the winter.

 

 

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I haven't driven as much as usual in the past year; my target for the Canada 1 is 15,000 km/year but she is showing two wrenches with a 26 meaning it's over 11 months since the last service reset and I've done a bit less than 8000 km.  However, the average over the more than 7 and a half years I have owned this car is just about 15,000 km, including the 5000 km trans-continental drive in 2010.

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Got my car at around 9,000km in 2012, then put 10,500km on a trip out west for the car's family reunion.. remember??

Started it today (no problem after 3 weeks) and did a 50 km loop.  Started L'il Toot also after 5 weeks... no problem.

Contacted Old Autos magazine about a possible story..... Canada1 / Canada150 connection.  Waiting to hear back.

Their office is in Bothwell, about 50km from my home.

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Sitting just over 24,000km.

I got response from OldAutos magazine.....

"Thank you for your email. Your car is very unique. We thank you for taking time to submit it, but it doesn’t fit our profile of an old auto.

 Sorry"

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In 25 years, I believe reality will be.....

The car will likely be somewhere safe

I likely won't be around

I'm confident OldAutos newspaper won't be around

 

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Well it will be 25 years old in only 13 more years!

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Update on car # 4

 

New owner picked up the car from me on June 15th, 2018

 

The car is now in Edmonton Alberta. I am fairly sure the new owner will make an appearance here.

I'm digging up some more pictures and tidbits on the car. BTW - should have the original owners name on the emblem that smart Canada made - it had been placed on the passenger side airbag cover, and was removed by the owner immediately prior to me, but I kept it! 

 

 

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Its me!

 

The Canada1 got a quick car wash today to at least get all the bugs off. Bumper and muffler came off to clean up some of the oil crud build up. The upper EGR hose was leaking at the manifold and leaked oil all over the engine, but not enough to drip on to the ground. A closer check revealed that the hose was not cracked or broken...so maybe it was just a loose clamp. There was also a lot of oil around the turbo area, so maybe the turbo TIK seal needs to be replaced? Time will tell - the car did not burn any oil though...dip stick didn't drop before and after the trip.

 

Will modify the original 30pin iPod cradle to fit the new iPhone cable sometime this week. Maybe draft the design on CAD so that everyone can print or have one made?

 

Love the car to pieces...Thank you Keith!

 

 

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Welcome to the very small club!

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The photos at the top of the page are of your new car, when it was being built at Bottrop.

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A loose clamp huh?

 

And I have two spare TIK seals. My first smart cdi started leaking there around 100,000 kms. That was 11 years ago! Changed that, and leak gone!

 

I'd like to see a pic of the GLI and cdi together.

 

Getting some use out of that iPod add-on would be cool! I actually had an iPod that fit and did use it sparingly. That was a really expensive accessory in the day! What I wish I had been given was the Brabus sub-woofer that the second owner had been given brand new in the box, but never did get it, and then they moved from Port Moody and it got turfed AFAIK.

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Canada1  #1  now resides with a new custodian in Toronto, as of Friday November 02, 2018.

I had a lot of fun with the car at shows and parades, and that major west coast ‘reunion’ of all 4 cars.

Time to move it into someone else’s caring custody.

Tough to see it drive away, particularly on a dull, rainy, windy afternoon.

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That is the end of an era, but you still have two smarts! I currently have zero! Mike's canada1 may go to his son, or younger daughter.

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It's being used at the moment for commuting by our son.

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I would first like to say hello as I just joined this group.

I am looking at buying a 2006 Brabus CDI Cabriolet in black, clearcoated wheels and a two tone interior, almost lime green and tan. it has 60,000 km on it and seems to run  fine but I have no idea what it is worth or how much I should pay for it. I thought it would be a cool little commuter car, especially in the summer time.

I would really appreciate any help I could get.

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Welcome.  It won't be a genuine BRABUS unless it is black on black coupe outside and has light bluegrey leather unheated seats.  That version was called the BRABUS nightrun and only 50 were made.  The BRABUS Canada 1 referred to in this thread is much more rare: three were Cabriolets - one white on white (mine), two red on red, and there was one red on red coupe.

 

Send me the last 6 digits of the VIN and I will have a look in the database and tell you what I know about the car's history before you make an offer.

 

Even a genuine BRABUS Canada 1 is worth no more than about $8000 today and that would be hard to get.  So if it's a modified regular cabriolet, it could be worth about half that if it's nearly perfect.

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Thanks Mike T, the last 6 numbers of the vin are ... 260980.

Thanks for the help.

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I did a vin decode myself and it turns out it is just a base model convertible that somebody stuck Brabus and CDI decals on. He is asking $7.500 for it so I am sure I am going to pass on it. Too bad, they are cool little cars and DAMN, what amazing mileage.

Anyway, thanks again for the help.

Stay safe and happy eh ...

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Here are some more details:

 

AO2 - pulse model

C17 - dealer fitted sound system (they probably skipped the upgraded main speakers)

EB1U - anthracite tridion colour

IAAA - Twister Green interior (the stuff that looked tan was once green - probably the dash

I31 - luggage cover

I42 - underseat drawer

I43 - pollen filter

I75 - Leather covered steering wheel with paddle shifters

R11 - sportline (skinny) 6 spoke alloy wheels

V11 - softouch auto shifting

V31 - tachometer and clock

 

Originally the panels were stream green but the owner changed them to Bay Grey Metallic by 2006.

 

This car was spotted in 2006 at a Club smart Car event at Qualicum Beach, and has been a Vancouver car since Day one.

 

It does not have heated seats (S17) or electric heated side mirrors (V21) but is otherwise well equipped.

 

 

 

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